Sevilla FC are going through turbulent times in La Liga, and their coach, José Luis Mendilibar, seems to be on the ropes after a disappointing start to the season. The last-minute equalizer against Rayo Vallecano, saved by Youssef En-Nesyri, could have rescued a point on the scoreboard, but not necessarily the head of the Basque coach.
Sevilla FC, a team accustomed to competing at the top of the table, is currently in a worrying position, collecting only 8 points in 8 La Liga games (with a postponed match against Atlético de Madrid). Rather than looking towards Europe, the team is fighting in the relegation zone, an unacceptable situation for a club of its caliber.
Mendilibar’s management since his arrival in March last year has been a journey of ups and downs. Initially, he rescued the team from the relegation places and won the seventh Europa League, securing a place in the Champions League. However, as reported by the newspaper AS, his numbers since then have been worrying, with only two victories in the last 16 official matches, accompanied by six defeats and eight draws.
His mentality doesn’t help either.
Mendilibar’s conformist speech after the mediocre results has not gone down well with the club either. His statement that “there is no need to achieve victories” has generated criticism and skepticism among Sevilla FC fans and management, who expect more ambition and positive results.
Difficult calendar and his dismissal is on the table
The decision on Mendilibar’s future appears to be in the hands of sporting director Victor Orta, who is looking for a possible replacement during the international break. The club is looking for a coach who can take advantage of this time to revitalize the team and reverse the situation in La Liga. The calendar does not favor Mendilibar, as they will face Real Madrid and Arsenal in the next matches, complicated challenges that could increase the pressure on the Basque coach.